7 Things I Learned Working for Myself

When I left the hustle and bustle of working in a car garage around a bunch of guys all day, I remember thinking a lot of things. I thought I was going to have more time to do the things I wanted to do, I said I was going to have time to go run on the beach, and have brunch with my friends. I thought I would have WAY more time to be riding too! 

NOPE

I tried really hard to prepare for this leap: I was going to work 8 hours straight no questions asked and get everything done....HA. Sara you are so funny! Heres what it really looks like when you have the freedom of working from home and for yourself; an honest list of being your own boss.

1.)  YOU'RE REALLY GONNA WANT A PET:

I remember when I was so excited to move to my upstairs off at BSI, because people didn't want to walk upstairs so they left me alone. "I love silence".... LIES. My desire to have a puppy to sit on my lap or keep my feet warm at my desk has sky rocketed in the 30 days...which was already a lot as it is. Point is; you quickly have a desire for any interaction outside of your own human existence. I have frequent conversations with my stuffed Marco plush horse or interview myself for my next podcast depute (which has yet to happen). Suddenly you are five again, creating invisible friends and convincing your boyfriend that we need a dog.

2.)  YOU MIGHT GAIN FIVE (OR TEN) POUNDS:

I partially blame this on the holidays cause who doesn't gain 10 pounds at Thanksgiving? You go from running around all day and not getting home until 10 o'clock at night to a life that leaves you at your desk...right next to kitchen. Suddenly you've become a master baker and deserve wine at 4 o'clock. I said I was going to make time to go to the gym, but I have yet to do that. My advice is don't do what I did and just start going to the gym day 1.

3.)  YOU QUIT THAT 8-5...10? JOB SO THAT YOU COULD WORK LESS:

You know… more time to ride, and chase those dreams, right? Well, get ready to work from 7-9… wait, what?. I swear entrepreneurs have the craziest dreams and an extra brain wave of hustle that forces us to become workaholics. Cause we'd rather work 80 hours for ourselves than 40 for someone else, but now is your chance to mentally prepare.

4.)  YOU'LL FEEL LIKE MOM IS GOING TO CALL SAYING "START DATING AGAIN."

When was the last time you showered? Put on make up? Put on pants???? Suddenly you look like you just went through the worst break up of your life... even if Nick comes home and says I look beautiful everyday (I know he's a keeper). Oh and friends? Make sure you nail those down before you take the leap so they make you leave the house and you have someone to talk to other then yourself (refer back to #1)

5.) ARE YOU A MAID OR A PHOTOGRAPHER?

My biggest day to day challenge is actually working and not cleaning the kitchen three times a day. Wether I make lunch, go to the bathroom, or find some socks to put on I'll find myself spending a half hour cleaning the room I go into. Everyone might not have this problem, but if you're a weirdo like me... just don't leave your office. 

6.)  YOU’LL WANT TO QUIT: (MORE THAN ONCE.)

Quote of the year for me? "I sold my horse so I can photograph other people and their horses." Ya let that sink in. Somewhere along the way you will question everything: the house, the job, the career change, the dreams. You will lay in a pile of tears all alone in your not pants and think that you can’t possibly go on. Why did I think this was something I loved? Oh wait I just remembered, because it makes me happy.

7.) IT’S TOTALLY WORTH IT:

Speaking of what you love, you are blessed my dear friend, to have the guts to make that leap to do what makes you happy. Remember on those tough days that this is all worth it. Put your happiness first, laugh when your friends think you live a glamorous life, and be grateful that this whole reality is yours and you have created it for yourself. Designing a life you love isn’t for the faint of heart but you are doing it and doing it well!

 

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